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Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

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MBE Program Goal & Subgoals
Discussion Sessions

Monday, July 31, 2017

Governor's Coordinating Offices
1st Floor, Conference Room B
100 Community Place, Crownsville, MD 21032

The Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs is hosting two public discussion sessions pursuant to the consultation requirements under State Finance and Procurement Article 14-302(a)(1)(iv)(2). The purpose is to garner input on the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) Program's overall goal and subgoals in consultation with the small business community, minority, women and general contractor groups, community organizations, and other officials or organizations which could be expected to have information concerning the availability of minority- and women-owned businesses, the effects of discrimination on opportunities for MBEs and efforts to establish a level playing field for the participation of MBEs . We seek input from businesses in the state's marketplace on several areas, including:

  • MBE and non-MBE availability in the local marketplace
  • Effects of discrimination on opportunities for MBEs
  • Suggestions regarding the setting of overall MBE goal and subgoals
  • The appropriateness of the overall MBE Program goal and subgoals

In addition to the public discussion sessions, input and comments are also being collected through an online survey. 

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Morning Session

10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

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Afternoon Session

 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Advance registration is strongly preferred. Click here to register for the afternoon session.

MBE Program Goal and Subgoals Survey


Governor's Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs log

Upcoming Small Business Events in Baltimore

7/25/2017 - Amp Up Your Small Business

7/27/2017 - Prequalification Overview with Baltimore County 

8/1/2017 - MBE/DBE Application Assistance Workshop

8/8/2017 - Piranha Tank Live - Baltimore 2017

Free Small Business Tax Tools From the IRS

 Small Business Taxes: The Virtual Workshop 

Market Data to Help Start or Grow a Small Business

Census Business Builder: Small Business Edition

Please see for more information: DPW Small Business Training Program.pdf


Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking a full-time Office Manager/Executive Assistant to support Operations for a Professional Asset Management Client in Baltimore.

The Firm and its affiliates bring in excess of 100 years of experience in financing and fostering small, minority, women, and veteran owned businesses.  The Firm offers a complete portfolio of financing products and strategic services to advance companies to the next level.

Under the direct supervision of the partners, the Office Manager shall carry out operational and administrative support for the Family of Funds. He/She will also supervise the administrative staff, oversee general office administration, and provide back-up support for the administrative staff.

For more information, visit: 

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Laborers Needed for Construction Clean Up!!!!

Keller Professional Services, Inc. is seeking qualified laborers to join its Construction Clean-up Crew for construction projects throughout Baltimore City. Prior construction experience is helpful but not required.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must be a resident of Baltimore City
  • Must be available to work 6:30am to 3:00pm with overtime as needed (including Saturdays)
  • Must have the strength and endurance to lift heavy debris (50 pounds)
  • Must have the desire and drive to work
  • Must be able to pass a drug screening (upon application and randomly)
  • Criminal Backgrounds considered on an individual basis
  • Two forms of valid ID (Social Security Card and State photo ID/Birth Certificate/or Green Card)
  • 1 Year's experience as a laborer is needed.

Please complete our on-line application in order to be contacted for an interview.

Donald Trump promised Americans a health care plan that would be far superior to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act -- one that would cover everyone for less money. Instead he’s supporting a raging dumpster fire of a bill called The American Health Care Act (AHCA) -- or Trumpcare -- and it does exactly the opposite.

Help prevent the loss of affordable and accessible health care by sending a letter to Congress demanding that they oppose the American Health Care Act:


Greetings to all,

We are making progress with momentum and support from our Maryland State legislators however we still have more to do. There are plenty of your local district representatives who are sitting on the sidelines because they think you do not care about this issue.


I have created live link of which state officials have express their support for the HBCU SB 712 below:

HBCU's Matter Senate Bill 712 Support List Link- 

DeJuan Patterson, MPA

Proud BSU Alumnus 

HBCUs Matter Organizer


TEDCO and Harbor Bank CDC Pilots New Minority Pre-Seed Fund for Tech Entrepreneurs

COLUMBIA, Md. (February 15, 2017) – The Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO) and The Harbor Bank of Maryland Community Development Corporation (HBCDC) announced today the launch of a pilot program, the Minority Business Pre-Seed Fund (MBPF). The MBPF will provide pre-seed capital and mentorship to underrepresented tech entrepreneurs in Maryland. 


See document: TEDCO_PreSeed Fund_15February2017.docx

Daily Black Business News from MRTV

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It is my hope, by putting emphasis on Black Love Day we become more diligent in our annual rituals; that we invest as much, if not more, time and money into holidays that specifically reflect Black culture.   Read more... HERE.

Video: Meet Darrell Anderson of Chef Joseph's Kick Sauce

[WATCH NOW] Want to be the next Patti Pie flying off Walmart Shelves? Meet Darrell Anderson, CEO of Chef Joseph's Kick Sauce - a line of mild/hot sauces, marinades, and rubs. Darrell isn't only in the business of adding a lil' kick to your favorite dishes, he also wants to help you make your most celebrated recipes "market ready"  and sold in stores.


45 Great Moments in Black Business – No. 42: Black Insurers Write New Life Policies

The largest was North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co., launched in 1898—35 years after the Emancipation Proclamation—and the driving force of “Black Wall Street,” Durham, North Carolina’s thriving business hub  during the late 1800s and early 1900s and home to future BE 100s financial institutions Mechanics & Farmers Bank and Mutual Savings & Loan.

When Black Hair Violates The Dress Code

As punishment, the girls were removed from their extracurricular activities, barred from prom, and threatened with suspension if they did not change their hair.

Children as young as 5 are feeling 'financial pressures' to have a big house, the latest gadgets, and designer clothes

More than 16% of 5-7 year-olds said they feel like they have to have the latest gadgets, and nearly a quarter (24%) of 8-9 year-olds felt pressure to wear designer clothes.

Black Business Expo grows and moves to MATC

The job fair will include representatives from Metro Transit, the Madison Police Department, UW Health and MATC, among others. Vendors will offer a variety of products and services including clothing, body products, jewelry, custom handbags, candles and financial planning.

14th annual Silver Room Block Party is Black excellence in action

House music, hip-hop, soul music, fashion and Black businesses all flourished under the umbrella of the Block Party. 

Newson plans to open her own premier self-training academy for young potential entrepreneurs to learn more than just business but also other important subjects, involving math, science, agriculture and more. 

Tuskegee Syphilis Study Descendants Ask Judge To Give Them, Not Museum, Remaining Settlement Funds

Descendants of hundreds of black men who were left untreated for syphilis during an infamous government study want a judge to give them any money remaining from a $9 million legal settlement over the program.

These 5 Styles of Leadership Don't Work. Do Any of Them Describe You?

There are many different styles of leadership that can be effective, depending on how and where they’re used. 

Tyler Perry Leaving Oprah’s OWN, Jumping To BET and Viacom in 2020

The five-year deal, which Deadline reported Friday, July 14, will see Perry develop exclusively licensed television series and exclusively distributed video shorts for Viacom and is part of an effort to shift content for the company.

Calling All Black Women In NYC: Ask A Black Woman Is Coming!

Ask a Black Woman is a spin-off of our popular, long-running series Ask a Black Man. For years we’ve been asking men what they’re looking for in a woman, but women never get a chance to share their thoughts on what they want in a relationship. This show will focus on love and relationships from the woman’s perspective.

Black-Owned Construction Company Is On Its Way To Big $4.5 Million Pay Day

Castle Black Construction has worked with high-profile clients like St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Panda Express. The company provides a wide array of "services that include the ability to manage any project from its inception to completion; including any combination of services our customers need to ensure the construction cycle is complete on time and within budget," according to their website.

Most recently, Harbor Bank founded its emerging developers program – aimed at teaching newer developers how to rebuild vacant city blocks – and is creating a co-working space for minority business owners in its Fayette Street office building.

Motown Records Is Its Strongest in Years: How the Legendary Label Got Its Groove Back

Many of these rappers have come through a connection with Quality Control – the Atlanta independent label founded by seasoned hip-hop operators Pierre Thomas and Coach K – which also serves to rekindle Motown's links with black-owned business.

2 new Black women executives represent diversity at Uber and Twitter

The Black women selected have a pedigree that is often not found in corporate America unless they’re looking for it. Although, these female CEOs that make up the heads of many organizations have the power to actually constitute a much-needed shift in diversity.

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